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Tuesday, 9 April, 2002, 15:42 GMT 16:42 UK
Denmark's road to the finals
Jon Dahl Tomasson of Denmark and Feyenoord
Tomasson has recovered from his traumatic spell at Newcastle
The Danes, who tested Brazil severely at the last World Cup, failed to make any impression at Euro 2000.

The 1992 European champions lost three games out of three and returned home crestfallen.

But then Morten Olsen replaced Bo Johansson as coach and his team went 10 games unbeaten to reach Japan and Korea in some style.

Qualifying campaign
W 2-1 Iceland (a)
D 1-1 N Ireland (a)
D 1-1 Bulgaria (h)
W 5-0 Malta (a)
D 0-0 Cz Republic (a)
W 2-1 Cz Republic (h)
W 2-1 Malta (h)
D 1-1 N Ireland (h)
W 2-0 Bulgaria (a)
W 6-0 Iceland (h)

Denmark are not a team of stars and have always relied on a cohesive line-up rather than individuals, especially since the retirement of the Laudrup brothers Michael and Brian.

The outstanding result of the campaign was the 2-1 win at home to the Czechs, who would ultimately fail to qualify at all after play-off defeat against Belgium.

Jon Dahl Tomasson, who endured such a wretched time at Newcastle United, scored four goals during the campaign.

But it was Ebbe Sand's nine strikes out of 22 that were more crucial.

Sand now plies his trade at Schalke, and the 28-year-old has become a national hero. He finished as top scorer in the Bundesliga last season.

However, it was not all plain sailing in qualifying Group 3. Denmark drew two of their first three games and never got the better of Northern Ireland.

However, convincing wins away to Malta and home to Iceland ensured they finished unbeaten and as group top scorers.

But, with France among their rivals in Group A this summer, they will need more of the same from Sand, to be sure of a place in the second round.

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